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Celebration  of  Worship

1st Sunday in Lent                                                           March 9, 2014


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship     adapted from Psalm 32   (Read responsively)

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity;

I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time when You may be found.

You are a hiding place for me; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with shouts of deliverance.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous!

Shout for joy, all you upright in heart!


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration                       In Christ Alone”                   See Bulletin Insert


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

We turn to You, O God and find our lips silent; we seek to praise You and our hearts are strangely empty; we yearn to pray but we find our lives are collapsed until You come to us. Forgive us, we pray, and protect us from the distractions of every novelty and diversion until we learn how to meditate upon the plain miracles which sustain us all the day long. Discipline us that we may find that communion of peace and joy in which we know our sin is forgiven, and the burden of guilt lifted from us by the power of Your grace through Jesus Christ.    (silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon

    Leader   . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel! 

    ALL:      In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!


* Prayer of Dedication     


* Hymn of Preparation                In Times Like These”                 Red Book # 577

* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON            Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7            pew Bible pg. 2


*GOSPEL LESSON                           Matthew 4:1-11                   pew Bible pg. 809


MESSAGE TEXT                               Acts 4:1-12                          pew Bible pg. 911


MESSAGE                             “There Is No Other Name”      Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                 My Jesus, I Love Thee”                    Red Book # 79


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                       


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one or of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.


LITURGISTS NEEDED – Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall by the water fountain to volunteer for one or more weeks. See sheet for details.


The nail-pierced hands of Jesus

reveal the love-filled heart of God.


Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God by Dutch & JoAnn Hintze

in loving memory of Nick Trapp


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Today:   Evelyn Fox


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Shirley Madary

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

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